Great Southern summer escapes
There is no better region to take a day trip than the Great Southern in summer time.
We’ve picked five of the best day trips from Albany for you to try.
Porongurp National Park
Instead of heading straight to Mt Barker and east to the Porongurups, turn off at Yellanup Road north of Narrikup.
This road runs through farmland at the foothills of the beautiful mountain range.
Take a left on Woodlands Road and wind your way up and over the western edge of the range.
The road is part gravel but suitable for two-wheel-drive vehicles and offers stunning views across to the Stirling Range.
From here you can spend an hour or two at a local winery or for those seeking more adventure head to Castle Rock Granite Skywalk.
The white beaches of Cheynes Beach are a haven.
The small town offers plenty to do with fishing, surfing and fourwheel driving among the most popular on the list.
Nearly every day whales are sighted off the coast during whale season.
Head to nearby Waychinicup Inlet to find one of the south coast’s hidden gems — a protected inlet that is ideal for a picnic or swim.
The small town offers plenty to do with fishing, surfing and fourwheel-driving among the most popular activities on visitors’ lists.
The Great Southern town is home to the region’s largest playground — suitable for adults and children.
The Katanning Adventure Playground has drawn visitors for decades and now includes a specialised playground for toddlers.
Grab a coffee on Clive Street in Katanning and check out the town’s historic buildings including the newly renovated Old Mill Dome Cafe and Hotel.
From its wild and rugged coast to its stunning karri forests, Walpole is worth a visit.
Just before hitting town, turn left and visit Conspicuous Cliffs — a viewing platform on the sand dunes offers 360-degree views of the Southern Ocean and surrounding bushland.
Just west of Walpole is Mandalay Beach.
A beautiful beach named after the wreck Mandalay, which does occasionally emerge from the sand.
The Walpole-Nornalup National Park is home to several beautiful pools and the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
West Cape Howe National Park
At just 20 minutes drive from Albany, West Cape Howe National Park is a stunning area and the most southerly point of Western Australia.
Shelley Beach is a must-see and popular among swimmers and campers.
For those in four-wheel-drive vehicles and suitably skilled the area has plenty of tracks to explore.
Katanning’s innovative Dome Cafe and Hotel was once the town’s flour mill.
Castle Rock at Porongurup National Park Granite rocks strewn across the inlet and the surrounding hills give Waychinicup its distinctive look.